Wednesday, 10 September 2014

7 Quintessential Experiences Of Jodhpur

There is a certain essence of Jodhpur that’s hard to describe, but it’s still vivid in my mind. To be honest, there is nothing in particular that makes me want to revisit Jodhpur. Interestingly, the arid air of Jodhpur invokes curiosity in a traveller. I believe there are places that you love or hate in a moment, and then there are places that you have to drown yourself into to be able to discover their true character. Jodhpur is one of them.

At first glance, it’s a regal taste of Rajasthan. There are forts, palaces, traditionally dressed men and women, and cultural experiences to savour. But, there is something more intangible that you divulge with spontaneity.

      
So, here are a few things to do in Jodhpur - 
     
1.Take a tour of Mehrangarh Fort

When I visited Mehrangarh Fort, I didn’t know it was one of the iconic forts in India. But I found it impressive beyond my expectations. You get to experience and see so much more than you first anticipate – the fort itself is massive, and then there are so many palaces inside it, which are now museums for us. You can also take a look at the temples adjoining the fort. Besides, you get a chance to enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city from the top of the fort.
       


2.Take a glimpse of high life at Ajit Bhawan Palace

Ajit Bhawan Palace is said to be the first heritage hotel of India. It’s a place where you can have lunch, sip coffee, or soak sun in the lawn. The erstwhile royalty is embedded everywhere. Although the palace has been given a modern face-lift, the old elements are also well preserved.
 

3.Enjoy a meal at On The Rocks

As the name suggests, On The Rocks is full of rocks in different forms that give a fascinating look to the restaurant. However, the canopy of trees balances out the rocky look and adds lushness to the ambiance. Evenings are gorgeous with candle-lit dinners and traditional folk dance performances.


4.Visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace has three portions – the palace, the hotel and the museum. The museum is open for public. There is a separate section where the classic vintage cars are on display. Besides the museum, you can take a stroll around, observe the royal surroundings and allow the royalty to intimidate you a bit!   


5.Explore the local bazaars

The two popular markets – Mochi Bazaar and the Clock Tower market exude the charming ordinariness of Jodhpur. The bustle, the chaos and the colours are just like any other bazaar in India, but the polite vendors and the shy local women radiate subtle nuances of the regal city.  
  

6.Absorb the city vibe on a Tuk-Tuk

Perhaps the best way to extract the local flavour of Jodhpur is to travel by a Tuk-Tuk. It’s the most commonly used transport option, which is cheaper and more fun. You get a chance to know the locals closely, learn their lingo a bit and immerse in the raw Jodhpuri vibe. 


7.Watch the last gleam of sunlight fall over the Blue City

Jodhpur is known to be the Blue City of India for its uniformly painted houses in blue. It is absolutely enchanting to watch the sun set over the blue houses.  

Here's some useful practical information I found on Momondo: Jodhpur is well connected by trains and flights. There are a variety of accommodation options available including the heritage hotels & resorts.

Is Jodhpur your kind of a destination?    

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17 comments:

  1. Spendid clicks Renuka. Whenever i see Rajasthan pictures i feel i have to travel there as that is the state I have not seen at all and I know what I have missed. I loved the mojris and jalebi click as my favs.

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    1. Thanks Shweta! I'm so glad I could inspire you to visit Rajasthan. :)

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  2. Beautiful captures and the words do the justice

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  3. Jodhpur was a cool city! After a couple days though I was excited to move on to another place in Rajasthan. I think now I appreciate things more and would like to go back.

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    1. It happens, Rachel! You realize the city's magic has grown on you the moment you leave it. I too hope to revisit Jodhpur someday.

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  4. I've always fantasized about Rajasthan, and there's not a thing that I don't like about it. The more I hear about them the more excited it gets every single time. I have never visited Jodhpur, but I hope to make it there someday.

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    1. Rajasthan is truly magical. Jodhpur is charming in its own way. I hope you get to visit it soon!

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  5. Great shots! I have never been to Jodhpur, but I would want to explore their local bazaar and taste their street foods. And I will ride that Tuk-tuk. :)

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    1. That would be great, Nichelle! I'm sure you will love Jodhpur. :)

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  6. Jodhpur definitely sounds like my kind of city. Just spending the day exploring its bazaars sounds like so much fun to me :) I love the chaos of markets!

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    1. True! Jodhpur is so much fun for people who like the constant buzz and energy.

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  7. Jodhpur might be my favourite city of Rajasthan. I absolutely loved it - much more than Jaipur, and although I loved Udaipur, there was something about Jodhpur and the Jodhpuris that really made my stay there memorable. <3

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    1. True! Jodhpur has a certain charm about it.

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  8. Jodhpur, a place I have yet to visit.
    Can imagine how active this place was a century ago. . . . .with the Maharajas.

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    1. I would suggest you to visit Jodhpur soon. The city still has got a regal charm to it that you will feel in the atmosphere.

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  9. Rajasthan is coming under top historical place in india and next month i am arrange trip to rajasthan

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